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California -- South San Francisco Bay Wetlands Restoration Project, Knapp Tract, Santa Clara County

 The South Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay consists of approximately 75,000 acres of public and private wetland and associated upland habitats.  This project will restore 332 acres of wetlands by reestablishing estuarine tidal flows between the South Bay and remnant tidal sloughs within the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Restored tidal exchange will facilitate marsh development which will provide habitat for waterfowl and many other species of wetland wildlife, particularly endangered species such as the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse. Work activities by DU will include survey and engineering services, procurement of materials, and management of earthwork activities to breach levees and plug artificial ditches. This area is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

California -- Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Restoration and Enhancement, Imperial County

 Ducks Unlimited is working with Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge managers to restore and enhance emergent wetlands and associated uplands to benefit a variety of wildlife.  Work will also give refuge managers additional tools to maximize their management capabilities while conserving water.

 Habitat units on the refuge are in need of a new water control infrastructure to better maximize and conserve water. In addition, wetland topography on some units is currently inadequate to provide the diversity of shallow water habitats necessary for resident and migratory wildlife species. This project seeks to restore 60 acres of wetlands and associated uplands and enhance 345 acres of wetlands by restoring wetland topography and hydrology and improving water conveyance. New water control structures will be installed and a new levee constructed to provide additional undulating shallow water habitat.

The refuge has been managed for over 70 years by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a wide variety of habitats for the protection and conservation of migratory and resident species. The increased shallow water habitat and management potential will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, colonial waterbirds, and neotropical songbirds. In addition, many species of desert wildlife will benefit from improved habitat.

 

California -- Live Oak Gun Club - Wetland Water Supply Improvement for Fields 5 and 6, Sutter County

Live Oak Gun Club is a I,726-acre private duck hunting club located in the heart of the Butte Sink. The property consists of seasonal wetlands managed to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl and provide waterfowl hunting.  Also present are some rice lands that are winter flooded for waterfowl.  In addition, some wetland areas remain flooded through late spring and early summer to provide waterfowl brood-rearing habitat.  Some year-round water is also maintained in some areas in accordance with a management agreement under the California Department of Fish and Game's Landowner Incentive Program.  Most of the property is protected through conservation easements held by either the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project area is located within a federally-held easement.

 DU’s work will enhance 98 acres of wetlands and will consist of installing a well and pump to improve the overall water supply and provide a reliable source of water to support summer and early fall wetland habitat.  This club has been used for waterfowl hunting for many years and is recognized as one of the most important privately-owned wetland areas for waterfowl in the Sacramento Valley .  Standard wetland management activities conducted on the property include mowing, discing, burning, and spraying to control undesirable vegetation; irrigating in the summer and early fall to promote vigorous vegetation growth and seed production from desirable waterfowl food plants; and planting wetland trees and shrubs.  This club provides important habitat for a variety of wildlife and is extremely important for wintering waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway.   Waterfowl \that will benefit from this project include mallard, gadwall, northern pintail, and green-winged teal. This project will also benefit several special-status species including greater sandhill crane, white-faced ibis, and American bittern.

 

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